The Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs is a great movie. I've always had a soft spot for this film and even from a child's perspective, it's been an entertaining one. As my kids grew older, I found they really didn't get much out of the movie as they could watch it every single year.
Despite being a great movie, I've also found many reviews from adults that are not all that thrilled with the movie. I was quite surprised at this as I read reviews on the movies I watch and this wasn't one of them. To me the script was good, the acting was OK, and the special effects were all solid.
What I'm going to be discussing today is why adults are so displeased with this movie. It wasn't necessarily the special effects, which could be hard to please anyone, but rather the ending. While there isn't much in the way of spoilers for this particular movie, there are some things I'd like to talk about so I'm going to go over a few different reasons why most reviews are quite negative about the ending.
The first thing I want to point out is how movies are rated. Generally, the higher the rating the better the movie will be. This is true for everything from films and TV shows to music albums and every other type of media out there. This is where The Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs fall short, as many people think that the rating is much lower than it should be and that the ending is therefore meaningless.
The reason for this rating is based on a rating system that has developed as a result of the rating system used by the MPAA online movie community. There is a rating system that tells critics and fans how the film is likely to do in terms of sales, repeat viewings, and box office earnings. Once the numbers are tabulated for each film they put the information online so other fans can see what to expect from it as well.
In this particular case the rating system indicated that The Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs were in the middle of the pack when it came to ratings. I don't want to put words in the mouth of anyone, but most reviewers who aren't in the MPAA online movie community would have given the movie a thumbs up if they thought the film had a chance of doing very well. The truth is that the rating system simply does not provide a true indication of whether or not a film will be profitable or not.
As a result there are plenty of people who see a movie and say that it was absolutely terrible. For me the film was interesting enough to allow me to actually think it through, but I still couldn't figure out what the plot was. Sure, the story is interesting enough, but nothing really makes sense and neither do the special effects.
That's why the rating system is so important for the online movie community. While it's only a small number of reviewers who use it, it provides a clear indication of whether or not a film is likely to do well. It's the same reason I would rate a certain book or movie based on how well it follows a formula that I find intuitive, and not on any high level of enjoyment factor.